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Iris. (Spectator photo)

Gardening Tips: Weed, Mulch and Stop and Smell the Flowers

June 26, 2019 at 12:15 pm

What to do this week By now, the bulk of the spring planting should be accomplished, or nearly so. Even with this cool weather tomatoes should be in the final stages of hardening off if not transplanted already. Squash plants should get planted in another week so you might startRead More

A compost bin in the garden of Feeringbury ManorBy Acabashi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips: Compost, Compost, Compost

April 10, 2019 at 12:15 pm

What to do this week It may seem sometimes like the gardener’s answer to everything is compost. Got sandy, light soil? Add compost to help absorb water and slow the leaching of nutrients. Your soil is heavy, wet, clay? Compost will help the fine, sticky particles clump together and improveRead More

Blueberry bush. (Source: UConn Blueberry bush pre-pruning. (Source: UConn http://ipm.uconn.edu/documents/raw2/html/500.php?aid=500))

Gardening Tips: Isn’t Spring the Berries?

March 20, 2019 at 10:17 am

What to do this week The snow is melting slowly but surely during these sunny days. Many of my small fruit bushes and beds are almost completely uncovered. Small fruit is a term for any fruit not growing on a tree – strawberries, raspberries and the like. Now is theRead More

Onion seedlings (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips: Gardeners, Start Your Onions!

February 6, 2019 at 11:30 am

What to do this week I know it’s the dead of winter but it is still time to think about finalizing your seed orders and starting your transplants. Onions and leeks are the first thing to start on the windowsill rotation. There are a lot of good reasons to startRead More

Where’s Cecil?

Where’s Cecil?

October 24, 2018 at 12:44 pm

Welcome to the penultimate installment of “Where’s Cecil?” For eight months, I’ve attempted to track our peripatetic CBRM mayor as he was “criss-crossing the province” and “burning up the phone lines” in pursuit of the job he really wants: leader of the provincial Progressive Conservatives. I started this feature because,Read More

Compost tea. (Madeline Yakimchuk photo)

Gardening Tips Week 23: Soil Fertility Rights (and Wrongs)

June 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week This week, I would like to talk about adding fertility to the plants in your garden. Obviously the best way to have good fertility is to have good, rich soil to begin with. There is no substitute for good soil. But if your soil isRead More

Gardening Tips Week 15: Soil with a Twist of Lime

Gardening Tips Week 15: Soil with a Twist of Lime

April 18, 2018 at 11:14 am

What to do this week This is a great time of year to talk about soil structure. Whatever you have in your backyard, if it is in Cape Breton it is quite likely to be clay, sorry to say, unless you have been building it for a while. Clay predominatesRead...

Soil blocks. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips Week 9: Playing in the Mud

March 7, 2018 at 12:30 pm

What to do this week I’m back after a short break. Thank you all for your patience. I hope your onion seedlings are started! If they are not, you can do them in soil blocks. If you have them already going, there will be other seeds to plant in theRead More

Lilacs (Spectator photo)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 19

May 17, 2017 at 12:05 pm

What to do this week This is the time for tending to bushes and shrubs, or perhaps dividing them, so let’s talk about that. If you have lilac, or elderberry, currants of course, rose bushes very often (especially the rugosa roses) or anything that is sending up little clones ofRead More

Rhubarb stalks (Photo by By Jeremy Keith from Brighton & Hove, United Kingdom (Rhubarb  Uploaded by Fæ) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 18

May 10, 2017 at 12:05 pm

What to do this week Our original idea for this column was to write about what I am actually doing in the garden this week and this week, I am tending to my rhubarb. This is definitely the time to be doing it. Let’s suppose you have an old rhubarbRead More